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Scholarship Repository Informs Conversation on Ferguson Protests

August 26th, 2015

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The School of Law launched its open access Scholarship Repository in September of 2013. Almost two years later, it houses 5,077 total articles, including faculty publications and complete archives of the Missouri Law Review, Journal of Dispute Resolution, and the Journal of Environmental and Sustainability Law (formerly the Missouri Environmental Law & Policy Review). Law school scholarship that had previously been locked behind paywalls is now freely available around the world to anyone with an internet connection.

Scholarship Repository Graphic Aug 2015
The use of the collection has been startling. Since it was launched, articles have been downloaded 668,055 times. Contrary to expectation, it isn’t just newer materials that have proved to be interesting to the curious public. Recently, a 1966 article in the Missouri Law Review written by former University of Missouri School of Law Professor T.E. Lauer was quoted extensively in an article by the Huffington Post that looked at the legal structure of municipalities in Missouri and the effect it has had on the protests in Ferguson, Mo.

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